Atlantis’ Road Trip!


OK, has anybody else even HEARD of this happening? Sentinel space blogger Michael Cabbage is reporting that NASA changed their minds and they’re sending Atlantis back to the pad!

See, this is what I mean about summer launches being complicated. In December, you want to launch a shuttle, you send the freakin’ thing up whenever you want. August and September are exercises in patience as they dodge thunderstorms, hurricanes, depressions, and assorted weather disturbances. I would think (and I hope NASA also thinks) that the shuttles have to be treated extra-delicately since they are older than most people’s cars. Technology doesn’t age so well, you know?

Anyway, Atlantis got to have a little road trip from the pad halfway to the VAB (pictured)…and back!

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